APM urges Malawians to be innovative

President Peter Mutharika has asked people to serve the country with every ability and innovation they have. The President made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday evening during the 2017 Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Innovation Awards ceremony. “Our spirit of innovation is what will change this country. It is inspiring to see…

Unicef donates 500 bicycles for  community policing groups

To promote safety and security in the country, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday donated 500 bicycles towards promotion of community policing forums. Malawi Police Service Inspector General (IG) Lexten Kachama said the bicycles would assist the police and community policing forums to fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and crime. The IG made the…

Government disburses LDF to Dowa

  Government has finally disbursed the remaining 90 percent of money meant for Dowa Local Development Fund (LDF), paving the way for the Public Works Programme (PWP) to start. The PWP, informally referred to as food for work programme, allows poor people to get money after working on community projects. Dowa District Council acting director…

Speak out to end gender abuse

  The woman, we have christened Mercy Mkonda to conceal her identity for fear of a violent backlash from her husband, regrets marrying him. Once, the 37-year-old lived happily with her husband, but she reckons there have been fewer smiles than sorrows lately. “The only time we share jokes is when he seeks conjugal rights.…

Poet tackles gender based violence

  Award-winning poet Robert Chiwamba is set to release a poem and video as part of the worldwide commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) this week. The Udzafa Imfa Yowawa star told Malawi News Agency on Tuesday that the poem was produced under the Skills and Technical Education (Step) project, an…

First Lady hosts Lesotho counterpart

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Sunday described the visit to the country by First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Maesaiah Thabane,as historical and a sign of strong bilateral relations between the two governments. Mutharika was speaking during a State dinner she hosted for Thabane at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Sunday. She said…

AP fences Nkhotakota Reserve

  African Parks (AP), a private firm managing three of the country’s wildlife reserves under the public private partnership (PPP)arrangement, has fenced about half of the perimeter of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve park manager Samuel Kamoto said on Thursday during a tour around the reserve, that fencing with an electric barrier reduces conflicts…

‘No shortcuts in ID distribution’

  Dedza District Council has appealed to head teachers engaged by the National Registration Bureau (NRB) to distribute national identity (IDs) cards in Dedza to avoid shortcuts when discharging their duties. Dedza assistant district registrar Boniface Butawo said in an interview on Thursday that national IDs are personal documents and should be delivered directly to…

Network geared to promote girls education

  Girls Network Malawi, an organisation which establishes girl empowerment networks in secondary schools, has embarked on a mentorship programme to promote girls education in the country. Speaking in a recent interview, Girls Network Malawi executive director Ulala Kondowe said the programme, called Mentor Me, will start on December 1 this year with young volunteer…

Rights group calls for positive media coverage on women

One of the country’s women’s rights advocate groups, Women Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec), has urged journalists to positively report on issues that affect women. Wolrec Women Empowerment for Leadership project coordinator, Irene Tisungane Ntonga, made the call during a two-day orientation meeting for women advocates’ forum in Zomba on Thursday. She said it was worrisome…

Storm kills girl,  injures 3 in KK

A heavy storm yesterday killed a 13-year-old girl and injured three others in Malemia Village in Nkhotakota. The district’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) acting desk officer Victor Chithabwa said the deceased, Zione Kaole, and others met their fate when the house they were in collapsed. He said as of Monday, 100 households in…

Pregnant women demand a clinic

Pregnant women in Chisi, Karonga, keep dying while giving birth at the hands of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) due to lack of passable roads to take them to the nearest clinics, it has been established. The hard-to-reach hilly population in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula still relies on the banned birth attendants as motorbike operators charge…

Firm moves to revamp dying cotton sector

Malawi Cotton Company, a Chinese firm, in collaboration with Cotton Council of Malawi have engaged an extra gear to revamp the cotton sector through input support initiative. The initiative, which is receiving support from the Chinese government, will target close to 6 000 cotton farmers in the pilot phase. In an interview, the firm’s representative,…

Lilongwe IDs ready for distribution

  Lilongwe District Council says it is ready to distribute national identity cards (IDs) through traditional authorities (T/As). Lilongwe’s consignment of IDs arrived last Saturday through Kamuzu International Airport and was taken to Lilongwe District Council offices for sorting and delivery to T/As. Lilongwe district registration officer, Thandi Chiumia, said distribution will be done through…

Malawi hosts 41st Aripo meeting

  Solicitor General Janet Banda has said geographical indication (GI) is important in adding value to agricultural products. The solicitor general made the remarks when she presided over the official opening of the 41st Session of the Administrative Council of African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (Aripo) member States meeting at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc)…

Piksy set to release a new song

  Malawi’s celebrated afro pop star, Piksy, also popularly known as Chimfana Chodziwika ndi Boma among his followers, is set to release a new single on Monday titled 40. In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Piksy said he decided to give the song the title 40 to keep his fans guessing. He said: “The…